Houshmand, Mandayam recognized as leaders in N.J.

Houshmand, Mandayam recognized as leaders in N.J.

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The Star-Ledger’s Inside Jersey magazine has named two Rowan University administrators to its 100+ Club list of the Most Influential People in New Jersey: Dr. Ali Houshmand, president, and Dr. Shreekanth Mandayam, vice president for Research.

The publication includes Houshmand on its Education list and Mandayam on its Technology list.

Inside Jersey developed its list of the Garden State’s movers and shakers by soliciting input from Star-Ledger reporters and Inside Jersey writers.

The publication said of Houshmand, “In South Jersey, Ali Houshmand has taken on the task of transforming the former Glassboro State College from its humble roots as a teachers college into a full-fledged research university that could rival Rutgers. The Iran-born immigrant has powerful South Jerseyans in his corner, including state Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Democratic power boss George Norcross. With their help, in the past few years, Rowan has opened Cooper Medical School in Camden and taken over UMDNJ’s former medical school in Stratford.”

Of Mandayam, it wrote, “As someone who has performed research for NASA and GE, Shreekanth Mandayam knows how to unite the public and private worlds in the name of science. The IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society member climbed the ladder from associate professor to chair of Rowan University’s (Electrical & Computer) Engineering department, then put the school’s new technology park on the map with tech park tenants studying rare earth metals, injectable man-made cells to ease back pain and 3-D screens that can be controlled with hand gestures.”

The 100+ Club includes people in numerous fields important to New Jersey, including politics and literature.

“While it is personally rewarding to be named to this list, I’m more excited that Inside Jersey is in effect recognizing Rowan University, the South Jersey Technology Park and the exceptional research being conducted by Rowan professors, students and partners,” Mandayam said.